Skip to main content

Full text of "NightRider"

See other formats


445

the flame behind the smudged and smoky glass. He said,
watching the flame, " You come-en back?"

"I'll be back," Mr. Munn assured him.

Willie Proudfit raised his eyes and looked at him. "Ifn
hit's sumthen laid on a man," he observed, "I ain't sayen
air nuther word."

Mr. Munn lighted the other lamp. "I'll get my things,
now," he said.

There was the sound of the woman moving about in the
kitchen.

"Ill go help Dellie," Willie Proudfit said.

"I don't need anything but the pones," Mr. Munn told
him. But before he had finished speaking the other man
was gone.

When he left they stood on the porch to say good-bye. He
shook hands with them. "Be come-en back," Adelle Proudfit
said thinly.

" Hell be come-en back," her husband interrupted, his voice
almost harsh.

"Yes," Mr. Munn said.

Willie Proudfit offered him the horse, but he said no, it was
safer without it. Then Willie Proudfit said he could take
him a piece in the buggy. He said no, and thanked Mm,
and began to walk toward the gate. He was almost halfway
when Willie Proudfit caught up with him. He stood, and laid
his hand on Mr. Munn's arm, "Hit wasn't this mornen?"
he demanded.

" No," Mr. Munn replied.

Adelle Proudfit came after them, and they went as far as
the gate together.

It took two nights to reach the neighbourhood of Mon-
clair. He had spent the first day in an abandoned cabin
which he found in the woods. He came upon it just after
dawn when he struck off to the right from the road, hunting
water. He had crossed a bridge over a little branch some
three miles up the road. It was flowing southward, and wee